October 31, 2012

Server Posterpedia Windows 8 Application

You’re designing a new SQL Server infrastructure for a client, but can’t remember if that high availability solution topology requires shared storage or not, and need […]
March 6, 2013

On moving to Seattle…and reviving my camera…

I left the homeland, Australia, in early January. My employer proposed an opportunity of a lifetime, and alas, here I am now in Seattle, the capital […]
March 13, 2013

Backing up all SQL Server user databases to file

The ultimate lazy backup script. I wasn’t feeling to selective about which databases to backup, and I figured, it’d be best to back them all up, […]
March 13, 2013

CASE WHEN “I need to learn more T-SQL” THEN GoogleTheResult() END

One of my favorite recent discoveries in my SQL Server work recently, is the awesome T-SQL “CASE…WHEN…THEN” statement. I can’t describe how much I love this […]
August 28, 2015

Office 365 – Day to Day Migration Commands

Connect to Remote Powershell $UserCredential = Get-Credential $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://outlook.office365.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection Import-PSSession $Session Create a new move request […]
September 14, 2016

3 Things You Must Do At University (or Things You Didn’t Do and Regret)

I started my university degree as I hit the job market, studying a generic IT degree alongside a generic IT career. I had it pretty lucky; […]
December 22, 2016

Microsoft SQL Server 2016 on Linux

One of the most exciting updates in SQL Server 2016 is the ability to run it on Linux! Currently working on some designs which incorporate SQL […]
January 6, 2017

So you created a Windows Server Failover Cluster on Azure…and now it won’t start

It pays to pay attention to the detail! I created a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) on a bunch of Windows 2012 R2 virtual machines running […]
January 17, 2017

Don’t follow the instructions

Ever purchased an IKEA flatpack and tried to assemble it yourself? Often, it results in a little bit of cursing, rarely does it work out perfectly […]
April 2, 2017

BizTalk 2016 & SQL Always On Availability Groups

Microsoft introduced support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups with BizTalk 2016; and it’s a fair bit to digest. Availability Groups is available in SQL Server 2016 […]
May 25, 2017

Lessons Learned Creating TayTayTexts.com

Back in March, the BOQ Hackathon was held in Brisbane, and after reviewing the mentor list, I did some research about what the different mentors brought […]
September 6, 2018

Implementing SFTP Conversations with the CA API Gateway

The CA API Gateway allows you to stand up an SFTP endpoint for inbound messages to be processed. These messages are instantly processed by the gateway […]
April 4, 2019

#LinkedInMusings: Infrastructure as code

If you’re building “secure” cloud solutions, you MUST be deploying infrastructure as code (Azure ARM / AWS CloudFormation / Terraform). If you’re not, why not? What […]
April 24, 2019

Passing the (ISC)2 CISSP Exam

Preparation: I don’t study well. I prefer to measure my current understanding then fill in the gaps; which I wasn’t able to really do until the […]
June 11, 2019

CISSP endorsement CURL / Postman request

Instead of logging in to the (ISC)2 endorsement portal or trying to navigate through the horrible website menus, you can just load up a Postman/Curl request […]
August 12, 2019

Using JSON Web Tokens with CA API Gateway

Over the past 3 years or so working in a software team that develops APIs/integrations between many complex systems, we’ve seen the rise of the JSON […]
January 28, 2020

Coffee, and how I find great coffee experiences with brewstr

Back in 2011, I was working in Melbourne, flying in/out from my home town every week, for about 3 years, until late 2014. I was subjected […]
April 22, 2020

#LinkedInMusings: Why I canned my accountant – Stick to Your Promises

In this current environment, you need to stick to your promises. I just ditched my accountant of 3 years. Last week he promised to call. Yesterday […]